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Former BYU great Ty Detmer's 14-year-old nephew commits to play at LSU


Never mind the fact that he isn't even in high school yet.

Quarterback Zadock Dinkelmann, 14, the nephew of former BYU Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Ty Detmer, has verbally committed to play football at LSU. Detmer, who now coaches at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, confirmed the commitment to 247Sports.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Dinkelmann is a part of the 2018 recruiting class and is the youngest commit in LSU history. Per NCAA rules, Dinkelmann won't be able to sign the National Letter of Intent until 2018.

"We're really excited for him," Detmer told ESPN.

Dinkelmann, who will be in ninth grade this fall at Somerset High, won't play varsity football for another year, though, according to Fox San Antonio. Dinkelmann will play on the freshman team while his cousin, Koy Detmer Jr., finishes up his high-school career at Somerset.

Detmer Jr. is a three-star prospect, according to, and is being recruited by BYU and Utah. He is the son of Koy Detmer, who played collegiately at Colorado and in the NFL and is now an assistant at Somerset.

Ty and Koy's father, Sonny, is the head coach at Somerset. Dinkelmann is the son of Dee, Ty and Koy's sister.

"He's gone to college camps in the seventh grade and stuff," Sonny Detmer, a Texas high school coaching legend, told Fox San Antonio. "You get a lot of exposure now and the colleges, they're paying attention to guys at a lot younger age. This call was definitely unexpected. ... People want to talk about pressure, but there's no pressure now.

"All he's got to do is get better, be the best he can be, and that could be real good."

LSU has always been his No. 1 school, Dinkelmann said.

"I felt amazing," he told Fox San Antonio. "It was a great experience."

According to CBS Sports, Dinkelmann isn't the youngest player to commit to a major BCS college. In 2010, David Sills, a three-star prospect for the class of 2015, committed to USC and Lane Kiffin at the age of 13. CBS Sports reports Sills, now playing for Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md., is still committed to the Trojans.

"(Zadock's) going to continue to work hard, and his main focus now is leading the freshman football team," Dinkelmann's father, Johan Dinkelmann, told ESPN. "God willing, he stays healthy and continues to improve, and he'll get to live out his dream of playing for LSU, the school he loves."

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